Category Archives: Music

For Gato Barbieri

Gato Barbieri died last Saturday, 2nd April 2016, at the age of 83. He was a great and memorable saxophonist with a big-hearted sound (later celebrated as Zoot, the saxophone-playing puppet in The Muppet Show). I first knew him from … Read more

For Naná Vasconcelos

Here’s a reminder of the great Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, who died too soon last week aged only 71. I was fortunate to see him once, performing with Don Cherry and I heard him many times on recordings by Codona, … Read more

Juicy Lucy

A tune for Mother’s Day from Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood. This sweet video was directed by Billy Martin; he’s the drummer in the band – The video for ‘Juicy Lucy’ features my mom, who is a former Radio City … Read more

Lapis

Lapis: James Whitney (1966) One of James Whitney’s several cinematic masterworks, Lapis develops a series of impossibly dense mandala patterns in increasing intensity, set to a Ravi Shankar track. Whitney spent several years developing the imagery for the film, using … Read more

For Paul Bley

Pipe + burgundy turtleneck + incongruous woodland backdrop + mindblowing blues deconstruction = peak Paul Bley. I found this video thanks to Twitter and I had to share it here. RIP Paul Bley.

Vollmond

The Christmas full moon got me thinking lunatic thoughts and I remembered this wonderful piece by Pina Bausch for Tanztheater Wuppertal. Vollmond, meaning full moon or high tide, is among Pina’s most revered works and has been making waves, literally, … Read more

Cucurrucucú Paloma

I first heard this song on the radio a dozen years ago and I was captivated by it. It’s been echoing in my head ever since. It sounded extraordinary and more beautiful than anything I’d ever heard before. I was … Read more

Dois Duetos

I was looking for more Bobby McFerrin and I found this. He was performing in Burghausen in 2002 at a concert where he duetted with surprise partners, some more successfully than others. This was the highlight. I’d not heard from … Read more

Pentatonic Scale

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”.

Boomwhacker Bach

I found this video at Open Culture and couldn’t resist sharing it here. Since 1999, the French juggling group Les Objets Volants (The Flying Objects) have been entertaining audiences worldwide. Beyond juggling, their shows incorporate elements of theater, visual arts … Read more